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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Thompson, IL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3194

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Reporter
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
San Diego, California; Freeport, Grand Bahama; Keys in Florida; lakes and
quarries in Illinois

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to surface with 500 PSI; we did some shore diving where we did dive
our own profiles but not from the boat trips.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
There were special tanks on shore and on the boat.  Conditions were good
for lots of shots.  Hired a videographer who did an excellent video of a
shore dive with my 80 year old father-in-law on the dive with us.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We booked through a Dive Travel agent who was very helpful.  My wife
accompanied me (less experienced as a diver with 30 dives) and my 80 year
old father-in-law came along.  He did great and we had a great time with
good support from the Buddy Dive Shop and crew.  One of their instructors
helped all of us drop a lot of weight which made our diving a lot more
enjoyable and neutral buoyancy achievable.  The boat captains and
divemasters were great and were safety conscious.

The staff at the front desk were not helpful or attentive.  They were
mostly a young group who seemed more interested in socializing than in
helping customers.

We found the trucks and dive through dive shop to be great and it made
shore diving enjoyable.
I'd reccommend Buddy's for newer divers and for people who want to take it
easy, enjoy the dives, see lots of marine life (but not many large
animals/fish.  We did see quite a few eels, sea snakes and large schools of
various fish: durgon, parrot fish, snappers, etc.
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